AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractActing Alone is a practice-as-research solo performance (ACE funded; Amnesty International Derbyshire commission) which toured nationally/ internationally to theatres, conferences and festivals (2014-2016). An autobiographical provocation inspired by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on Hunt’s experience of witnessing Playback theatre in the West Bank. The performance presented this human rights conflict to international audiences asking - can one person make a difference? Historical characters, who acted heroically, against the unheroic acts of Hunt in Palestine where woven throughout. This immersive piece created a strong performer/audience relationship which led to various moments, during the performance, when the audience would participate e.g. helping, joining in with small tasks contributing to the storytelling, leading to the final transformative moment when the audience would be invited to complete the show by crossing the dramaturgical divide. Acting Alone performed to multi-faith audiences in studio theatres, non-theatre spaces, and at the Just Festival Edinburgh Fringe (receiving 5 star reviews) . However, it also received controversial reactions from some audiences including accusations of falsification and anti-Semitism. The artistic and creative design of Acting Alone was inspired by Boal’s Forum Theatre, where audiences, Spect-actors, the oppressed, are invited to rehearse a revolutionary act challenging their oppression, however, Acting Alone explored the role of the by-stander – the tritagonist. The international by-stander is neither protagonist or antagonist but inhabits a tritagonist position. Performances and papers were presented and performed at academic conferences in UK, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, USA, including being the subject of Dr Rand (Massey University New Zealand) presented paper IFTR conference paper. Detailed responses from audiences (over one thousand) demonstrated discourse, political activity as well as controversial commentary. Enquiry into the by-stander or tritagonist role as audience through immersion, found that further research into this new area of knowledge and practice will be explored in Hunt’s PhD.
CitationHunt, A. (2016) Acting alone [Various venues, Derby, Nottingham, Cork, Hull, Grantham, Belper, Auckland, Halifax, Buxton, Frome, Chesterfield, New York. July 2015 - April 2016].
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